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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Mason City burglary raid turns up meth lab

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  • A raid on a Mason City house Friday where items from a suspected burglary were expected to be found also turned up a methamphetamine manufacturing operation and resulted in the arrest of four people.
    Mason County Sheriff Paul Gann said the department executed a search warrant Friday at 418 S. Keefer St., where items taken in a recent burglary were believed to be held. Gann said he could not reveal many details of the raid yet, because charges have not been filed by the Mason County State’s Attorney, but he said that several stolen items were found in the residence, as were meth manufacturing materials.
    Authorities arrested four Mason City residents. Bradin M. Taylor, 19, was arrested on charges of residential burglary, theft of more than $300 worth of property, criminal trespass to residence, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm without a firearm owner’s identification card and possession of cannabis. Brendin L. Williams, 22, Teddy Lee, 25, and 42-year-old Denise A. Taylor were all arrested on charges of theft of more than $300 worth of property, methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis.
    According to an email from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, all four of the arrested people were sharing the residence.
    For Williams, this latest arrest likely will not help him out with a sentencing hearing that was scheduled for April 10 after Eighth Circuit Judge Alan D. Tucker revoked his probation Feb. 6.
    Williams had been placed on probation in March 2013, almost exactly one year after he fired a gun at an empty vehicle just across the Logan County line and then led police on a high-speed chase through Mason City with a minor in the passenger seat, ditching his gun and drugs all the while. He eventually bailed into a relative’s apartment in the city and prompted several law enforcement agencies, fearful they might have a stand-off situation on their hands, to respond before Williams was retrieved peacefully without further incident.
    Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing and resisting arrest and to several traffic citations in exchange for the dismissal of the charges of child endangerment, possession of a firearm, possession of meth and disposing of meth manufacturing waste. He was sentenced at the time to 180 days in jail and 24 months of probation.
    Williams’ probation was revoked due to a September arrest in Lincoln for driving with a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with an open alcohol container, which a Lincoln officer discovered when he performed a traffic stop on Williams, who drove past the Lincoln police station while blasting loud music at about 2:30 a.m.
    All four of the suspects were still in custody at the Mason County Jail in Havana as of Monday.
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